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Lady Greyhounds earn split in league play

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Grandview's Gio Gomez keeps her eye on the ball as she gets back on defense for the Lady Greyhounds in a 65-46 home win over Wapato this past Saturday.

One quarter can make all the difference, and that proved the case for the Grandview High School girls basketball team this past weekend in a split of CWAC league contests.

On Friday the Lady Greyhounds lost to Prosser 77-57, with a 28-8 second quarter run by the host Mustangs doing much of the damage.

"We got outscored 28-8 in the second quarter, which was the difference of the game," said Coach Paul Van Pelt. "We had a mental break down on defense, fell apart and forgot our help-side defense. No matter what defense we tried, it did not slow them down, they always found a way to find whoever was open and we couldn't stop their offensive attack."

Grandview actually led 14-12 after the first quarter and was outscored just 37-35 in the second half.

That's not to say the Lady Greyhounds didn't have chances to get closer, as they trimmed the Prosser margin to 11 points in the third quarter.

Grandview also attempted 36 free throws, compared to 14 for Prosser. Grandview, though, shot little better than 50 percent from the charity stripe by canning just 19 of their free throw attempts.

Kinzi Poteet led Grandview, shaking off a 3-of-11 shooting night from the field to can 9-of-14 free throw attempts for 16 points, to go with 14 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.

Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Greyhounds were Jessica Lopez and Doris Lupercio with 12 points each. Lupercio had eight rebounds to help in the paint.

Prosser was led by the duo of Joran Brown and Tamara Jones with 20 and 18 points, respectively.

Grandview turned the tables on Saturday, hosting Wapato and winning 65-46, in part, on the strength of a 26-8 third quarter run.

The visiting Wolves jumped out to an 18-7 run in the first quarter, which Grandview answered with a 16-7 rally in the second stanza.

With Wapato clinging to a 35-33 lead heading into the second half, Grandview blew the game open with that 26-8 run. The Lady Greyhounds also won the fourth quarter with a 16-13 run.

"We took advantage of their turnovers (18), scoring 13 points," said Van Pelt. "We knew they didn't have much of a big inside game, so we played tough man to man defense on the perimeter and forced them to take shots, which we contested."

Grandview's second half fireworks were aided by shooting at a 53 percent clip over the final two quarters, compared to 39 percent marksmanship in the first half.

On defense, Grandview solved the Wolves by holding them to 32 percent shooting in the second half, compared to a 47 percent clip in the first half.

The Lady Greyhounds also held the upper hand in the paint, with a 40 to 26 advantage led by Poteet with 10 boards.

Lopez led a balanced Grandview attack with 17 points, followed by Poteet and Anna George with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Grandview improved its marksmanship from the free throw line against Wapato, canning 11-of-18 charity tosses in the second half to ice the game.

The win improves Grandview's record to 2-6 in league play and 4-6 overall. The Lady Greyhounds return to the court this coming Thursday at Ephrata.

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